A Journey Through Tides

A Journey Through Tides

1st Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Mattias Green, Joao Duarte
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323908511

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A Journey Through Tides is a fully comprehensive text on the history of tides. It brings together geology and oceanography and discusses, in detail, new ideas that have emerged about how tectonics and tides interact. In addition, the book provides an overview of Earth’s history, from the perspective of tidal changes, while also highlighting other fascinating phenomena (e.g., solid Earth tides and links between tides and earthquakes). Sections cover an introduction to tides for oceanography students and scientists from other disciplines, cover the Earth’s deep time processes, and include several case studies of specific topics/processes that apply to a earth science disciplines. There are many other processes that drive and modify the tides, hence this book also describes why there is a tide, how it has changed since Earth’s early days, and what consequences the tides, and changes in the tides, have on other parts of the Earth system.

Key Features

  • Presents a fully comprehensive overview on tides that goes beyond the field of oceanography
  • Provides a state-of-the-art review on science related to tides, a fundamental element in the Earth System that regulates our planet
  • Explores the limits of our knowledge, including much ongoing research on deep time tides, future tides, tides in exoplanets, and more
  • Includes a website with tectonic animations and associated tidal evolution videos for interactive learning


Oceanographers at Post Grad level and above, for students looking for an introduction to the fields and researchers new to the area or looking for an introduction to a related field- e/.g geologists and atmospheric Scientists

Table of Contents

  • PART I - Fundamentals
    1. The history of tidal knowledge
    2. Introducing the oceans
    3. Tectonics
    4. Why is there a tide?
    5. Tidal dynamics

    PART II – A tidal journey through time
    6. A timeline of Earth’s history
    7. Early Earth (Hadean and Archaean – 4600-2500 Ma)
    8. Proterozoic (2500-541 Ma)
    9. Paleozoic (541-252 Ma)
    10. Mesozoic (252-66 Ma)
    11. Cenozoic (66Ma- present day)
    12. The Earth as we know it – glaciations and Present Day, sea-level change
    13. Into the future

    PART III - Consequences of living on a tidal planet
    14. Exoplanets and tidal drag
    15. Atmospheric tides
    16. Solid Earth tides
    17. Tides, Earthquakes and Volcanic eruptions
    18. Sustaining life
    19. Tides at a coast
    20. Tidalites and tidal proxies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 530
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323908511

About the Editors

Mattias Green

Mattias Green is a physical oceanographer working on changes in tides and tidally driven processes on a range of scales. After earning degrees in oceanography at Goteborg University in Sweden, he moved to Bangor University in 2005. After a stint as a postdoc there, he received a NERC Advanced Fellowship, and later became senior lecturer in physical oceanography at Bangor. He is now professor of physical oceanography at Bangor and works on tides and tidally driven processes and how they change on a range of time scales – from years to eons. He has published 70 peer reviewed papers to date and his work has been highlighted by Nature, Science, The Conversation, CNN, and a number of other international outlets.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physical Oceanography, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK

Joao Duarte

João C. Duarte works in tectonics, geodynamics and marine geology. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Lisbon and Researcher at IDL, where he coordinates the research group on Continental Margins and the Deep Ocean Frontier (since 2015) and the EarthSystems Doctoral School (since 2018). João has published around 40 papers and has several edited works, which include an Elsevier book entitled Transform Plate Boundaries and Fracture Zones and an Elsevier special volume in the Journal of Geodynamics on “200 years of geodynamic modelling”. He was awarded in 2015 the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council, and in 2017 he was awarded the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists of the European Geosciences Union. Duarte is passionate about science communications and he regularly collaborates with science magazines and the media.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal; Researcher, Instituto Dom Luiz, Lisbon, Portugal

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